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  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,235

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-08-18

Fabulous and fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This is a truly un-put-downable book. The story is as exciting to read as an excellent thriller, more so because it's true. The voice of the narrator is perfect - no strange pronounciation. He enounciates well.
I strongly recommend it. And to those usually bored by the label of 'business book ', this is miles different. An MBA is not required!

  • Bodies from the Library

  • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
  • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well chosen selection

  • By Mr Chops on 24-09-18

Absolutely loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-18

This is an excellent collection of short stories by prominent writers, well written and thoroughly engaging. Despite my decades long interest in detective fiction of the golden age, I had not read any of these before.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Fascinating satire, scary to behold

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-18

The satire works as so much of present day media practices and the status of so called celebrity ring true.
It can be a touch slow going somewhere after the beginning but picks up and is totally engaging to the end.

  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, read by Arthur Morey. Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for everyone.

  • By ANDREW NORRIS on 15-02-18

text book. Supremely DRY. Reminiscent of homework

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-18

He has so much to say but such a shame his writing style is one of bibliographies and standard text book eliminating any experience of enthusiastic interest. Text books are not meant to be read aloud nor read in one enthusiastic reading. This is text book. His book, at best, is reference material for those who can write.

Boring. Uphill. Do read HOMO DEUS instead. That covers similar ground but its author can write. With warmth and interest.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Boring and of no consequence

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

When I think of Diary of a Nobody and it’s characters and story line which remain memorable to so many, I would give Sean B zero stars if I could. His work is repetitive & utterly boring with not one character to get to know nor remember. All he does is rant against amazon. Continuously. I listened to it because I love books and because I had recommended it to my book group based purely on liking books and diaries. Hope against hope I continued listening only to find it a total waste of my time. Indeed I’m not surprised his fiancée left him.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It?

  • The New Science of Self-Discipline
  • By: Nick Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

You might think laziness, lack of willpower, and/or low motivation are to blame for the fact that you aren't achieving your goals. But fascinating research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology has revealed another, far more likely possibility. One with the potential to transform your life in a dramatic way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Not What I Was Hoping For

  • By Lorraine Kerr on 14-11-16

Most awful TRIPE

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

From the awful cheap muzak that interrupts his speaking throughout to the CONSTANT repetition and use of hackneyed phrases and stories, this is TRIPE. An insult to anyone's intelligence. How do these guys get away with it? After hearing him repeat his educational qualifications and school jobs multiple times then to play the exact same material through taped lecture delivered elsewhere, I had enough of this torture. Easily the worst book I have ever experienced. Save your precious time and grey cells.

  • The Putin Interviews

  • Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin
  • By: Oliver Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross, Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Supplemented with referential information and culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year period - spanning Stone's first trip to Moscow to meet with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to his most recent visit after the election of President Donald Trump - The Putin Interviews is based on what journalists, news organizations, and other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By mgn on 28-06-17

Compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-17

The best current affairs book I've read/listened to in a v long time. Fascinating sense of Putin,
his background and philosophy. Oliver Stone could have pushed back more on the oligarchy and corruption of state & individual but overall a fine program. Fascinating. Topical. Relevant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hotel du Lac

  • By: Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr Neville and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The very best Anita Brookner!

  • By barjil on 27-10-15

Perfect

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-06-17

I had long wanted to read this book and it's been an sbsolute pleasure listening to it being read by the wonderful Anna Massey. It's beautifully written. No excess. Sheet magic. Literature at last.

  • Angelica's Smile

  • Inspector Montalbano, Book 17
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When members of Vigata’s elite are targeted in a series of perfectly executed burglaries, Inspector Montalbano reluctantly takes the case. It isn’t long too before Montalbano finds himself taken with one of the victims, the captivatingly beautiful young Angelica. But as the detective’s attraction grows, a series of strange, anonymous letters claiming responsibility for the thefts begin to arrive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angelica's Smile

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-02-16

Predictable

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-17

The story is engaging but not as good as his other novels on audible. Still, much enjoyed.

  • The Dance of the Seagull

  • Inspector Montalbano, Book 15
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull that falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die. Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen. About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing, Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunate narration

  • By donna Dichiara on 14-04-18

Love his books!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-17

Sheer joy. Just completed listening to this story The Dance of the Seagull. The story is compelling and varies from other books of his. I admit I enjoy them all. The only irritating Character is the inspector's long distance girlfriend Livia. No depth to her at all except that she is charmless and annoying. Just a ploy to keep the inspector single?